Yes, You Can Wear Your Bathing Suit To Work

We're always trying to buy pieces that offer endless possibilities — a dress that can be worn as a tunic over pants, a jumpsuit that works solo or with a top underneath, or a button-up shirt that, these days, can be styled in countless ways. Yet for some reason, we struggle to see the potential in bathing suits beyond sunbathing and taking a dip — two things that don't happen quite often when you live in a big city.

While it's certainly not a new idea to double your one-piece as a bodysuit, this summer, we're trying to blur the lines even further. Sure, you can wear your swimsuit while you're OOO, but have you thought about wearing it to work? And we're not just talking to your tropical-themed staff party. We mean at your desk, at a big pitch meeting, or at a touch base with your boss. It's a lofty goal, but it's one that can be done. All you need to be is employ that layering prowess you spent all fall and winter perfecting, just in a bit of a different, more clever way.

If you start looking at swimwear as a layering piece, an accessory, or even the base of an outfit, you'll be surprised by just how many office-appropriate outfits you'll come up with. Let's just leave the frozen beverage poolside, okay?

The Rash Guard
If you have a rash guard, you already have a pretty sweet top, too. Should your workplace lend itself to being a bit more covered up, this is probably your best bet for avoiding an HR run-in. Pair it with a sophisticated skirt, then accessorize with a professional bag, sculptural earrings, and shoes that feel a little bit fancy. Your colleagues will have no idea you were lounging in a swan-shaped pool float in this exact same top the day before.

Mikoh Lowers Top, $112, available at Mikoh; Tibi Drape Twill Wrap Skirt, $375, available at Tibi; Attico Pamela Embellished Satin Heels, $308, available at Opening Ceremony; H&M Mini Shoulder Bag, $19.90, available at H&M; Ana Khouri Diamond Claire Earring, available at Ana Khouri.
The Cut-Out One-Piece
You can hardly let your midriff show at the office, never mind whatever skin shines through an obscure bathing suit cut-out. In this scenario, layer your suit over a graphic tee, allowing the shirt's design to peek out ever so slightly. On the bottom, go for some epic wide-leg trousers and some artful accessories. Post-work garden party? You're covered.

Mara Hoffman Tie Front One Piece, $161, available at Mara Hoffman; Bliss and Mischief Bliss You Tee, $118, available at Shop Super Street; The Frankie Shop White Stitched Navy Pant, $119, available at The Frankie Shop; Staud Seberg Bag, $300, available at Staud; Saf Safu Flower Rainbow Drops, $207, available at Saf Safu.
The Bandeau Bikini
A two-piece? To the office? You probably think we've lost our minds. First things first, just wear underwear instead of the bottoms. For the top, though, throw the ruffled bandeau over an equally-as-ruffled shirt for some dynamic interest. Jeans, a simple leather bag, and some worn-in white sneakers will have you slaying casual Fridays.

Hunza G Frill Bikini Set, $230, available at Topshop; Alexa Chung Ruffle Collar Blouse, $370, available at Alexa Chung; Mango Relaxed Crop Mom Jean, $39.99, available at Mango; Converse All Day Dainty Ox Sneakers, $51, available at Converse; Gucci Nymphaea Bamboo Mini Leather Tote, $1,790, available at Net-A-Porter.
The Classic One-Piece
If your commute is as sweaty as ours is, it's definitely not a bad idea to wear a one-piece to work. Start with a classic option and your favorite pair of summertime denim (ours is cream and high-waisted). Complete the outfit with other seasonally-appropriate gems, like a wicker basket bag, some simple sandals, and a denim jacket that comes in-hand when that office air conditioning is blowing. This is way better than sweating through a silk top, no?

Bianca Balti One-Piece Swimsuit, $100, available at Yoox; Rachel Comey Legion Pant, $345, available at MatchesFashion.com; AG Jeans The Ruth Jacket, $258, available at AG Jeans; COS Knotted Strap Sandals, $125, available at COS; Loeil Malmo Rattan Bag, $92, available at Loeil.
The Metallic One-Piece
A metallic bathing suit can definitely feel like you're heading to a pool-rave instead of your weekly one-on-one, but with the right styling — by that we mean under a silky suit — it'll add just the right punch; the tailoring helps tone down the shiny silver so it feels slightly more understated. Finish it off with some platforms, and you'll be ready to talk through budgets instead of frozé.

& Other Stories Metallic Cross Back Swimsuit, $55, available at & Other Stories; Zara Loose-fitting Jacquard Trousers, $49.90, available at Zara; Zara Flowing Jacquard Jacket, $79.90, available at Zara; Bimba y Lola Black Eva Wedge Sandal, $56, available at Bimba y Lola; Acne Studios Exclusive Musubi Leather Shopper, $1,550, available at MyTheresa.